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Monday, December 21, 2009

Reading Between The Lines

Ah, the nuances of the law. 

Does this headline in today's Roanoke Times strike you as odd?

He's a "suspect"? The dude admitted to shooting his wife. Wouldn't it be more accurate to call him a murderer?

Search warrant: Roanoke murderer admits he shot wife

Okay. It's possible, just reading the headline, that the wife isn't dead. Then the husband wouldn't be a murderer.

And okay, it's possible that he shot her while they were competing in a delightful game of Deer Hunter roulette. Then he'd probably be considered a manslaughterer.

But still.

You know why this reads the way it does. The man is "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law." And that's how the story must be portrayed.

But still.

Time To Put 'Global Warming' Out Of Its Misery

J.R. Dunn in "Global Warming's Forlorn Hope":
Copenhagen was the Green left's forlorn hope, their last chance at breaching the wall of public suspicion and stubbornness to impose environmentalism as a governing system through the threat of global warming. Within those walls lay the promise of lifetime sinecure positions, total social control, absolute power, and unlimited free money. One final push, one blind rush up the ladders, and it would be theirs. They had all the big artillery -- the legacy media, "science," the U.N., the international NGO bureaucracy -- on their side. The walls had already been deeply breached. How could they possibly fail?

But they did fail.

What they got was a nonbinding agreement stating that further discussion and negotiation will take place at some time or other. The Copenhagen accord requires all signatory countries to "list" actions taken to cut CO2 emissions. It asks these states to think very hard about limiting the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Centigrade. It promises at least $30 billion -- and maybe more -- to poor countries to aid in the warming struggle, without any clear notion as to where this money will be coming from.

That, pretty much in toto, is the document that Barack Obama, who scuttled away to Air Force One before the signing occurred, calls an "unprecedented breakthrough."
In one sense, Obama was right.  The fact is, the Copenhagen climate conference collapsed in abject failure and was an unprecedented breakthrough for sanity and reason.  And for science.  The socialists/environmentalists among us are now in full retreat.  Finally.

Here's to Copenhagen. A forlorn hope.  A dagger in the heart.  A new beginning. 

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Der Spiegel:

Marxists' loss is liberty's gain.

I'll Drink To That

I can attest to only half of this scientific assertion:
Dark Liquor Makes For Worse Hangovers
By Laura Sanders, Science News

A new study may help drinkers pick their poison. In a head-to-head comparison, bourbon gave drinkers a more severe hangover than vodka, report Damaris Rohsenow of Brown University and colleagues in an upcoming issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

The researchers recruited 95 healthy young adults, ages 21 to 33, and gave them caffeine-free cola mixed with bourbon, vodka or tonic water. The drinking ended when participants’ breath-alcohol concentrations hit an average of 0.11, well over the legal intoxication limit. Participants were then hooked up to sleep monitors, which record brain activity, and allowed to sleep it off. At 7 a.m. the next day, the researchers roused the subjects from bed (a wake-up that did not include coffee or aspirin) and asked them to rate the severity of their hangovers.

Overall, bourbon drinkers reported feeling worse than vodka drinkers, rating higher on scales that measure the severity of hangover malaise, including headache, nausea, loss of appetite and thirst. It should come as no surprise that alcohol drinkers said they felt much worse than those who had drunk only tonic water. [link]
I can't speak to vodka hangovers because I rarely partake (I'm staring at a bottle of Absolut on the shelf in front of me that was purchased some ten years ago.  And tonic hasn't passed my lips in years either.

But I know something about bourbon hangovers.  On my life-is-worth-continuing meter, they rate a 1.  Under the best of circumstances.

Here's a tip for those of you who are trying to deal with hangovers.  It comes from experience.  If you're suffering from a bourbon hangover and feel like you want to die, drink a reasonable amount of beer.  Not Budweiser or Miller; they'll just send you over that edge.  Light beer.  Four.  And you'll get through the next evening's festivities.

Just trying to get you through life.

These Guys Have Got To Go

Democrats in Washington realize how unpopular their actions are.  That's why they're doing their level best to concoct their nefarious work in secret.  And without support from anyone in this country beyond the rabidly liberal left.

The Wall Street Journal:
Change Nobody Believes In
A bill so reckless that it has to be rammed through on a partisan vote on Christmas eve.

Mr. Obama promised a new era of transparent good government, yet on Saturday morning Mr. Reid threw out the 2,100-page bill that the world's greatest deliberative body spent just 17 days debating and replaced it with a new "manager's amendment" that was stapled together in covert partisan negotiations. Democrats are barely even bothering to pretend to care what's in it, not that any Senator had the chance to digest it in the 38 hours before the first cloture vote at 1 a.m. this morning. After procedural motions that allow for no amendments, the final vote could come at 9 p.m. on December 24.

The rushed, secretive way that a bill this destructive and unpopular is being forced on the country shows that "reform" has devolved into the raw exercise of political power for the single purpose of permanently expanding the American entitlement state. An increasing roll of leaders in health care and business are looking on aghast at a bill that is so large and convoluted that no one can truly understand it, as Finance Chairman Max Baucus admitted on the floor last week. The only goal is to ram it into law while the political window is still open, and clean up the mess later. [link]
The future of our country is in the hands of these snakes.  At least until next November.

Let's fix this problem then, starting by sending these scumbags back to whatever cesspit they crawled out of.

Till then fear for the survival of our beloved USA is in order.

The American People See Through The Bias

This should drive the loony left apoplectic.  Sarah Palin is more respected by the people than is the savior of the planet, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Green Giant himself - Al Gore:
Who is more respected, Sarah Palin or Al Gore?
By: Byron York, Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent

One is a former vice presidential candidate who has been vilified in much of the press. The other is a former two-term vice president who has been celebrated in much of the press. So which is more respected by the public at large?

In the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released a few days ago, pollsters Peter Hart and Bill McInturff asked, "I'm going to mention some people who have served in public life at some point in the past decade. Please tell me which one or two of these people, if any, you have the most regard and respect for." The list was filled with the predictable answers. The president was on top, named by 28 percent of respondents. Colin Powell was also way up there. But the striking thing is that Sarah Palin, after all the criticism that has been directed at her, finished tied for sixth place, respected by 13 percent of respondents, and Al Gore, after all the praise that has been directed at him, was in eighth place, respected by eight percent. [link]
Even Dick Cheney beat Crazy Al.  Zzzzzzing!

With all the fawning press that Al has gotten, especially in recent years, and with all the vituperation directed at Ms. Palin by the same elitist know-it-alls, this is incredible.  And more than a bit enjoyable.

Here's to the mainstream media.  The best friends a conservative could have.

I'm Shocked

I knew he hated me because of my conservative political beliefs.  But Jews?
Garrison Keillor: 'Lousy Holiday Songs By Jews Trash Up Malls'
By Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters

Garrison Keillor thinks lousy holiday songs written by Jewish guys trash up America's malls every year.

So wrote the public radio host and satirist in an article at Wednesday's Baltimore Sun called "Nonbelievers, Please Leave Christmas Alone."

"Unitarians listen to the Inner Voice and so they have no creed that they all stand up and recite in unison, and that's their perfect right, but it is wrong, wrong, wrong to rewrite 'Silent Night.' If you don't believe Jesus was God, OK, go write your own damn "Silent Night" and leave ours alone. This is spiritual piracy and cultural elitism, and we Christians have stood for it long enough. And all those lousy holiday songs by Jewish guys that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck. Did one of our guys write 'Grab your loafers, come along if you wanna, and we'll blow that shofar for Rosh Hashanah'? No, we didn't."

Keillor followed this with, "Christmas is a Christian holiday - if you're not in the club, then buzz off." [link]
One wonders, when reading his hate-filled article (he hates Norway too) if it wasn't an attempt at some kind of spoof.  It's that beyond-the pale.  If it was, Keillor failed.

Long known for his hosting of a popular radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," (wildly popular among those who somehow find dull, droning, uninteresting, unenlightening script-reading enjoyable), Keillor is less well known for his extreme liberal political beliefs.

What wasn't known - until now - was that he was also a rabid anti-Semite.

(I'll have to think about Norway).

(And about Unitarians).

Seems to fit though.

Perhaps Mr. Keillor should rename his radio show, "The Two Minutes Hate" and be done with it.

Good News From Poland

I had speculated the other day, when the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign that hung above the entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp in Krakow was stolen, that it was probably neo-Nazis that were the perpetrators.  Apparently I was wrong.

The good news, though, is that the sign has been recovered:
Police find Auschwitz sign, suspects not neo-Nazis

Krakow, Poland — Polish police said Monday they had recovered the Nazi German "Arbeit macht frei" sign stolen from the former Auschwitz death camp, but said five arrested suspects had no neo-Nazi links.

Andrzej Rokita, commander in the southern Polish city of Krakow, told reporters that "from the information we have none of the five belong to a neo-Nazi group nor hold such ideas".

The five suspects, aged 20 to 39 and with previous criminal records for theft or violence, faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted, police said.

Police arrested the men shortly before midnight Sunday.

Rokita declined to elaborate on the motive for the theft, which sent shockwaves around the world when it was discovered Friday morning at the site of the former death camp in the southern Polish city of Oscwiecim.

"They certainly did it for money, but we still need to establish if it was done on someone's orders or for themselves," he said. [link]
What, one wonders, would one of the most famous - or infamous - signs in history be worth?

Enough to risk prison time apparently.

Anyway, a happy ending.

This Is Kinda Cute

Christmas Cookie Rules:
1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calories free, (rule #1) yours is also. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.

4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have three and green ones have five - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

7. Cookies eaten while watching "Miracle on 34th Street" have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel.

8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking Causes calorie leakage.

9. Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!

10. Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories. It's a rule!
So go crazy!

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